National Guard, reservists fight to make ends meet

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Before Hector Salcedo was sent to Iraq, he and his wife had settled into a routine of juggling kids and jobs that, though complicated and demanding, worked for them. Full Story
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Lauren

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#2 Mar 25, 2007
How sad that the USA takes care of other
contries, but our citizens are homeless and
without healthcare insurance. Charity begins
at home. Our soldiers and their families deserve much more.
wonder

Bangkok, Thailand

#3 Mar 25, 2007
Lauren wrote:
How sad that the USA takes care of other
contries, but our citizens are homeless and
without healthcare insurance. Charity begins
at home. Our soldiers and their families deserve much more.
True cut out all the welfare and handout programs and give the $$$$ to the troops.Start a "you don't work you don't eat" program NOW!
Angie

Selden, NY

#4 Mar 25, 2007
Let our service men come home and guard our own shores and land. Cut down of too much government and take care of our own people in real need only.
Guiness Drinker

Bethpage, NY

#6 Mar 26, 2007
you can thank Nancy Pelosi for all the hardship
Joe Randall

Roseville, CA

#7 Mar 26, 2007
Cannot forget that they are all volunteers. They all knew the risks when they enlisted in or chose military as career. These are not draftees.
Forrest Gump

United States

#8 Mar 26, 2007
Where is George W. Bush when we vets need him? Please W. stop calling vets "Hero's" because you only are using the military for your own ends. W.help these vets from Iraq. Remember you are a Christian and Jesus is your judge, so..........it's pay me now or pay me latet.........at least in Hell you will have a lot of company.
Forrest Gump

United States

#9 Mar 26, 2007
Where is George W. Bush when we vets need him? Please W. stop calling vets "Hero's" because you only are using the military for your own ends. W.help these vets from Iraq. Remember you are a Christian and Jesus is your judge, so..........it's pay me now or pay me later.........at least in Hell you will have a lot of company.
China Syndrome

Vancouver, Canada

#10 Mar 26, 2007
As Joe Randall said they volunteered as they receive benefits when not on active duty
midwest

Columbia, MO

#11 Mar 26, 2007
All this while Halliburton stock has tripled in value since the beginning of the war -- and while 99% of the American population has been having a block party.

These reservists are heroes and deserve every honor we can bestow on them. If this war is worth fighting, the other 99% of the American population should be called on to sacrifice too.
here we go again

Lyndhurst, NJ

#13 Mar 26, 2007
Mr Bush should be ashamed of himself but a coarse not he is a belligerent idiot for not taking care of his and our troops families.President Bush should have his daughters do volunteer work at the military hospitals in Iraq if was a true leader of the U.S.A.
Orlando

Bayport, NY

#14 Mar 26, 2007
China Syndrome wrote:
As Joe Randall said they volunteered as they receive benefits when not on active duty
Are you suggesting that the reservists, are now paying for the benefits they received while training and standing-by, to protect our country, and defend your right to insult them? Who cares that they were not on active duty while they received benefits? That's great that they did! They deserved it! Would you agree to train and wait for a moment you wish would never come, and NOT receive benefits? Read what you wrote above, and think about the message you're sending to those men and women risking their lives for you!
Chris Polanski

Wilmington, NC

#16 Mar 26, 2007
Re: The county and state ought to help alleviate Hector Salcedo's financial problems
as well as those of other reservists and guardsmen deployed to war. Property/school taxes ought be forgiven during such deployments. War is everone's business whether
we believe it justifiable or not. Long Island's counties have plenty of money to spare for such a small form of assistance. NY can show the rest of the nation that it supports its own.
CBunny

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Mar 26, 2007
Joe Randall wrote:
Cannot forget that they are all volunteers. They all knew the risks when they enlisted in or chose military as career. These are not draftees.
He's got the b*lls to do something you're obviously too much of a chicken sh*t to do.
HI EVERYONE

Rio Vista, CA

#19 Mar 26, 2007
here we go again wrote:
Mr Bush should be ashamed of himself but a coarse not he is a belligerent idiot for not taking care of his and our troops families.President Bush should have his daughters do volunteer work at the military hospitals in Iraq if was a true leader of the U.S.A.
Let's blame President Bush for everything. Climate change, floods, evil in the world, my kids feet getting bigger now she needs new shoe. How about he has kept us safe for the last 6 years. Oh, by the way, have you sent any money to the troops...helped them in any way?
CBunny

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Mar 26, 2007
NO soldier or his or her family should EVER have to struggle. You never see a story about a politician struggling to make ends meet. That should be a new requirement -- all politicians should be required by law to serve a military term of no less than four years (preferably the Marines). 95% of them wouldn't make it through the first month on Parris Island.
here we go again

Astoria, NY

#21 Mar 26, 2007
HI EVERYONE wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's blame President Bush for everything. Climate change, floods, evil in the world, my kids feet getting bigger now she needs new shoe. How about he has kept us safe for the last 6 years. Oh, by the way, have you sent any money to the troops...helped them in any way?
my daughter just came back from iraq she is in the air force and my son who is in the army is being deployed next month does this answer any of your loyalty questions oh by the way i served two tours in vietnam thank you!
CCc

Pleasanton, CA

#22 Mar 27, 2007
We did loose our house. I depend on my son for the care of his disabled sib. No state agency helped me no mattr what i did.
we ended up homeless and now they want to activate my son again. pls pray that we get mercy for hardship. i have no where else to turn to .
Ash

Waipahu, HI

#23 Mar 27, 2007
Joe Randall wrote:
Cannot forget that they are all volunteers. They all knew the risks when they enlisted in or chose military as career. These are not draftees.
What part of "National Guard" makes you think you'd be sent to a foreign country when you sign up, hmm? They're not regular army. They're SUPPOSED to be stationed here in the U.S. and used for domestic problems.
here we go again

Rego Park, NY

#24 Mar 28, 2007
Ash wrote:
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What part of "National Guard" makes you think you'd be sent to a foreign country when you sign up, hmm? They're not regular army. They're SUPPOSED to be stationed here in the U.S. and used for domestic problems.
The rules today seemed to change since a lot less people are signing up for the military this just did not happen over night you see in1980's almost a million Americans per year signed up for military service since 1992 thru 1998 less than half about 450,000 signed up for th military and now today less than 300,000 sign up today this includes all five of our military branches thats why we have depend on the national guard today but don.t get me wrong i agree with you. Should we bring the draft back?

“Election over; back to work!”

Since: Feb 07

Tampa, FL

#25 Mar 28, 2007
Ash wrote:
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What part of "National Guard" makes you think you'd be sent to a foreign country when you sign up, hmm? They're not regular army. They're SUPPOSED to be stationed here in the U.S. and used for domestic problems.
What makes you an expert on the National Guard. How do you know what they are "supposed" to do.

The National Guard has taken part in every war on foreign soil that the US has taken part in. During WW2 the 34th ID (a ARNG Division covering MN,IA, SD,) set the record for the most continuous days in
combat (634 days).

It's a common knoweldge that people joined the Guard during Vietnam to not get drafted. To me this is not cowardice. Different strokes for different folks. Many Guard units were deployed during Vietnam and many Guard members died during that war.

During the 50s-00s the ARNG has been used as a strategic force. Every fours years the Pentagon does a "Quadrennial Review", in which they make adjustments, and recommend changes. During the 90s (yes the Clinton years) in order for the US to fight and win wars on at least two fronts, the ARNG had to become part of the National Defense plan as a much more operational force. This is because of the draconian cuts to your military during the Clinton era.

So don't get on your high horse the National Guard. We are soldiers just like any other component. The training we get is the same as the AD component gets. We train right along with people who are in AD or the USAR.

We are also deployed. I have been to both Afghanistan and Iraq. I have fought along side the AD troops in the field. 35% of the Combat Power that the US is able to project (infantry, armor,Field Artillery, etc) is located in the ARNG. The US Cannot fight or win wars without us.

I am now a recruiter for the Army Natioal Guard. I don't lie. I don't promise what I can't deliver. When parents ask me if there kids are going to go to Iraq, I tell them the truth:

The National Guard is a part time service. I can't tell you that your son/daughter will go anywhere, But I can't tell you that they would never go. Over six years there's probably a good chance.(you have to sign up for six years in order to be eligible for all the money).

I make sure that every one of my recruits know exactly what they are getting into. I don't sugar coat things.

So, ASH, you really have no frickin' clue what the National Guard is for or does now do you.

What a fool.

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